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Ordered a new car this week and was looking for a new Radar Detector. I have Unidens in my current car and truck, and wanted to stick with Uniden for new car, but when I went to Unidens site I see they are no longer in the Radar Detector business? Thats too bad I thought they made a good Radar Detector.
 

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E-Man said:
Ordered a new car this week and was looking for a new Radar Detector. I have Unidens in my current car and truck, and wanted to stick with Uniden for new car, but when I went to Unidens site I see they are no longer in the Radar Detector business? Thats too bad I thought they made a good Radar Detector.
I've used a pair made by BEL Radio Shack cordless detectors for the past almost 10 years and while they still work reasonably well, haven't gotten any tickets from radar or lidar traps the whole time, I've decided it's time to upgrade. After much searching, and *some* `hands on' testing of various new cordless models I've settled on the ESCORT Solo 2 as a replacement unit for both. You can check it out at:

http://www.radarbusters.com/products/escort/solo_2.asp

It's a tad bit `pricey' but, IMHO, well worth it. The unit I tested even warned me of the CSP's new `tailgating lidar' unit in use. (Fortunately *I* wasn't tailgating though about ½ or so earlier I *could* have been considered to have been after I had another vehicle playing traffic `hopscotch' cut in front of me wiping out my `margin'.) About the *only* thing it won't warn against is the `bear-in-the-air' with his stopwatch. {WAN GRIN!} ('Course, *if* you happen to know and have the freq / TG programmed into your scanner you'll know where they are working and be able to properly moderate your driving accordingly. {GRIN!}) Also, if they happen to utilize it where you are, you'll be able to receive the SWS (Safety Warning System) signals, too.

Just an `Olde Fart's' 2¢ worth.
 

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Try the Bel 995, the Bel RX65 or the Escort 8500. They are fairly expensive, but gives the best reviews and provides the best coverage on radar detection. Go to www.radarbusters.com and you'll get the skinny on radar detectors and there detection qualities.
 

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The best radar detector in my opinion is the Valentine 1. It has arrows (patented) that tell you the direction of the radar source. It is pricey at $400 though. I bought a new Passport 8500 X50 to compare it against my V1 and must say that it is a very good detector. It doesn't have the arrows of course but it is more "high tech" than the V1. I've found that it alerts at the same time or a half second behind the V1 in most cases. It's not cheap either at $330. I don't care for Uniden or Cobra detectors as they lag far behind Bel or Escort in detection range and they false way too much. I'm actually going to be selling my X50 since I have no need for two detectors, pm or email me if you want a good deal on one.
 

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The best thing to do is to drive 55 I drive a semi and its against the law to even have a radar detector or a scanner in your truck, Bush
 

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I am not in a hurry anymore and rarely speed, so I cant justify buying the top of the line detectors. I travel alot and would like protection against speed traps in unfamilar area's and I also like to know when I am monitored. The Unidens always worked fine for me, and the price was very reasonable to the point I would buy one for each vehicle. Its a shame Uniden doesnt make radar detectors anymore and I was just wondering if anyone knew why? That was kind of the main reason for the Post.
 

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I have a feeling with all the new technoligy of today.The police can tell if you have one in your vehicle.So then you are in big poo poo if caught.I am sure there equiptment can detect if you have one.
 

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Yes. It's called VG2. Radar detectors are still legal in parts of the US.
 
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its very easy to tell if you have a dectector in vehicle. the detector causes a 2 second delay on the radar readout from the antenna. It was frustrating b/c where i worked security we ran radar and my site commander would fuss if he saw a speeder pass me and i didnt stop him but the car timed it just right so i never got his speed only the 2 second delay marker on the screen
 

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drew6553 said:
its very easy to tell if you have a dectector in vehicle. the detector causes a 2 second delay on the radar readout from the antenna. It was frustrating b/c where i worked security we ran radar and my site commander would fuss if he saw a speeder pass me and i didnt stop him but the car timed it just right so i never got his speed only the 2 second delay marker on the screen
Say what!?

Sounds more like operator error rather than something the detector was/is doing. You are lucky if *all* your `site commander' did was *just* `fuss'. {YEEEEESH!}
 
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After reading how some police departments have started giving tickets for as little as 2 miles over the speed limit I went back to running a detector. Your speedometer can be off by that much. All writing tickets for anymore is for the revenue they create and I refuse to add to the revenue just because my speedometer may be off by a couple miles an hour.
 

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Radar detectors are the ultimate waste of money. By the time that thing goes off, the LEO already has you. Its typically the people with a radar detector stuck to the windshield who think they can go 90 MPH in a 65 MPH zone because of it. Ive been on enough traffic stops and have seen those things in the car. Those were why the desision were made for a citation to be issued.
 

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I agree. Just drive the speed limit. When I run radar, I run instant on/off. I see you coming, I turn that radar unit on and immediately lock your speed, your detector might go off for 2-3 seconds at most before I've got your speed. It's hilarious to see people's headlights dive towards the ground when I turn the radar unit on. Plus, I will write people with radar detectors twice as much as I will for people without them.
 

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Yeah, why bother with what amounts to a ticket detector? They should have a voice announcement saying "What's in your wallet?" (;->) Oh, if you're that worried about speedo inaccuracies just drive the needle's width UNDER the limit and save not only the cost of a ticket but the cost of fuel as well. Plan ahead, save money, save lives.
 

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I understand that, but my point is, by the time your radar detector goes off, we've got your speed already.
 

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kc0jar said:
I understand that, but my point is, by the time your radar detector goes off, we've got your speed already.
That's not always the case. If you have a quality detector (V1, Bel, Escort, etc.) you can pick up police radar from MILES away under the right circumstances. Even if you are using "instant on" that brief transmission will travel for miles in the right terrain and I will pick it up and slow down way before I pass you. This assumes of course that someone in front of me has been tagged. This is why I ALWAYS leave plenty of traffic in front of me so that I get ample warning. If I am travelling alone on the highway I don't exceed the speed limit by more than 10mph, ever. The problem is that 99% of radar detector owners buy garbage. You are not going to get a quality detector for less than $200, period. I have a Valentine 1 which cost me $400 and a Passport X50 that costs $330 and I have picked up both K Band and Ka Band radar from up to 8 miles away on flat terrain! Typically what will happen is that I will get a very brief alert from the detector and then it will fall silent. Every few seconds another brief alert, at this point I know their is a cop ahead doing instant on. I'll slow down to say 5mph over the speed limit and sure enough a couple of minutes down the road I see the cop in the median. Happens all the time! The other thing is that the majority of the people who use a detector think it's a license to speed. It's only meant to be an additional tool against the absurdly low speed limits we have on our interstates and the local governments who use speeding tickets for additional revenue (aka "speedtraps"). You also have to use your eyes to constantly scan well ahead and above all, use common sense. I also use a CB radio when I travel the interstates and truckers usually will warn you about speed traps several miles in advance and I will return the courtesy. If speed limits were set realistically in this country, i.e. using the 80th percentile rule, millions of radar detectors would not be sold yearly in this country. This is just my opinion of course having owned and used radar detectors over the last 20 years.
 

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I love how you state you use the CB while driving, obviously you scan or are a ham (or why woudl you be here) and yet you admit to always breaking the law.

Dumb, useless, "absurdly low speed limits" are still the speed limit and its a law.
You break it you pay, frankly, I think anyone who speeds more then 10 miles an hour over and was doing it pirposely (spedometer not messed up) should have thier license revoked permanently.

Its illegal to kill stupid people, (any people really) but I think thats a stupid law, I want to be able to snap the necks of any stupid person I see, first thing tomorrow I am going to go to wal-mart, and start breaking necks.

Why? Because I think the law agaisnt killing people is a dumb one so I am gonna just start breaking it, and I wil use my scanner as a detector to know when the police are near so I have to stop breaking necks, or at least slow down.

Yea, sounds pretty damn absurd doesnt it.
 

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flyingwolf said:
I love how you state you use the CB while driving, obviously you scan or are a ham (or why woudl you be here) and yet you admit to always breaking the law.

Dumb, useless, "absurdly low speed limits" are still the speed limit and its a law.
You break it you pay, frankly, I think anyone who speeds more then 10 miles an hour over and was doing it pirposely (spedometer not messed up) should have thier license revoked permanently.

Its illegal to kill stupid people, (any people really) but I think thats a stupid law, I want to be able to snap the necks of any stupid person I see, first thing tomorrow I am going to go to wal-mart, and start breaking necks.

Why? Because I think the law agaisnt killing people is a dumb one so I am gonna just start breaking it, and I wil use my scanner as a detector to know when the police are near so I have to stop breaking necks, or at least slow down.

Yea, sounds pretty damn absurd doesnt it.
Nice apples to oranges comparison. Of course murder is and should be illegal because it is both MORALLY and LEGALLY wrong. There is nothing morally wrong with driving faster than an arbitrary speed limit posted on a sign. Since you sound like the kind of person that follows every law to the letter I suppose you have never driven even 1 mph over the speed limit. Besides, Americans have a rich history of ignoring arbitrary and inane laws. Prohibition comes to mind. Remember when the national speed limit was 55mph? The 55mph NSL was universally ignored by motorists because it was absurd, period. It is a fact that many state and local governments look to speeding tickets as a great source of additional revenue. They keep the speed limits artificially low so that just about anyone can be cited. Some states have had to pass laws against "speedtraps" because some towns were/are getting 80% or more of their revenue soley from tickets (see the link earlier in this thread or do a google search under "speedtrap" and see what you come up with). As long as abuses like this continue to take place you bet I will use whatever legal means I can to even the playing field.
 

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Wolf, what's the matter with you? If you have a bug up your behind a good fart should get it out.

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